2020 Academy Faculty Members Announced

The association’s current plan is to move forward with the Academy program on August 2–5 in Sacramento and, as is the norm at this time of year, W.A.C.E. is pleased to announce this year’s faculty members.

“We’re pleased to announce another stellar lineup of Academy instructors,” said Steering Committee Chair Tom Pierson, ACE. “Our promise remains the same—we will deliver top-quality instruction in the 18 essential subjects that we believe chamber professionals and chambers need to succeed.”

First Year

Faculty members teaching first-year classes are:

• Dave Kilby, W.A.C.E. and CalChamber: “Chamber Overview and Trends.”

• Tom Pierson, ACE, Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Chamber: “Legal Basics.”

• Scott Raty, The Raty Group: “Committee and Board Development.”

• Anne Gill, Tempe (AZ) Chamber: “Budget Preparation and Monitoring.”

• Mike Varney, consultant: “Membership Sales and Recruitment.”

• Russell Lahodny, W.A.C.E. and CalChamber: “Marketing and Communications.”

Second Year

Teaching second-year classes will be the following:

• Nathan Ahle, ACE, Fresno (CA) Chamber: “Representing the Interests of Business with Government.”

• Diane Schwenke, Grand Junction (CO) Chamber: “Financial Policies and Procedures.”

• Mark Turner, Gilroy (CA) Chamber: “Membership Retention Essentials.”

• Chris Romer, ACE, Vail Valley (CO) Partnership: “Revenue Development.”

• Dave Kilby, W.A.C.E. and CalChamber: “Policy Development” and “Keeping Your Chamber Relevant.”

Third Year

Completing the lineup of instructors at this year’s Academy, the following will be teaching third-year courses:

• Pam Ridler, CCE, Castle Rock (CO) Chamber: “Intro to Economic Development.”

• Nathan Ahle, ACE, Fresno (CA) Chamber: “Dealing with the Media.”

• Tallia Hart, Healdsburg (CA) Chamber: “Staff Development and Management.”

• Glenn Morris, ACE, Santa Maria Valley (CA) Chamber: “Everyday Ethics.”

• B Gorman, B Great Leadership: “Strategic Planning.”

• Keith Woods, North Coast Builders Exchange: “Personal Leadership Development.”

Academy registration information is available on the W.A.C.E. website at www.waceonline.com.